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Neutron | Senior Avionics Engineer - Flight Safety Systems

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2023

About The Role

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

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About the role

Neutron is Rocket Lab’s new, medium-lift, reusable launch vehicle currently under development. The Neutron Avionics department is responsible for the delivery of all avionics systems across the vehicle, including integrated avionics hardware, flight software, and Neutron’s Flight Safety System (FSS).

The Neutron FSS team is responsible for high-level FSS design, component qualification, acceptance testing, and certification activities for the Neutron rocket. A core part of the Neutron FSS is the Autonomous Flight Termination System, which uses avionics hardware designed and produced in-house. This team is small, agile, and possesses a winning combination of sharp technical knowledge, flawless attention to detail, and effective stakeholder communications.

Senior Avionics Engineer – Neutron Flight Safety Systems is a hands-on role with responsibility for various design, testing and certification activities including test rig specification and deployment, detailed test planning, test execution, preparation of certification documentation, and liaising with key external parties. In this role you will be on the front line of one of Rocket Lab’s most important and exciting programs, spanning all phases through development, production, and operations. As a Senior Engineer, you will also be a technical leader, able to guide and mentor other engineers while shaping the success of the entire team.

Essential skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable engineering field or equivalent professional experience.
  • 5+ years relevant industry experience.
  • Proficient in programming languages (e.g., C, C++ or Python).
  • Excellent communication, both written and verbal.

Desired skills

  • Demonstrated good engineering judgement, looking at all available options to solve a problem.
  • Understanding of electrical test equipment, test procedures, data acquisition systems.
  • Understanding of instrumentation, interfaces and sensors including power supplies, oscilloscopes, serial devices, switch topologies, accelerometers, thermocouples, RTDs, and 4-20mA sensors.
  • Understanding of designing hardware from concept through production.
  • Understanding of environmental design testing, such as vibration, shock, thermal, and TVAC.
  • Experience with hardware development or electronics test engineering.
  • Demonstrated experience interpreting and documenting compliance with engineering standards.
  • On-the-job contact with RCC-319 and RCC-324 standards.

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and groundbreaking technology.
  • An employee stock purchase program.
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career.
  • Unlimited barista coffee, fruit, and snacks.
  • Rocket Lab merchandise – T-shirts, mission patches etc.
  • Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross.
  • Additional parental leave entitlements.
  • A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year.

If the above sounds like you apply now!

Important information:

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations fromthe U.S Department of State.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN NEW ZEALAND OFFICES ONLY:

For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant. These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.

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